Massachusetts Car Registration
Need to register your car in the state of Massachusetts? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the RMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local RMV.
3: Via a local RMV office
If you prefer to access RMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical RMV office location. Varying RMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the RMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local RMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
New Massachusetts Car Registration
If you have purchased your vehicle through a dealership, they will perform all necessary registration tasks. But if you have just bought or been gifted a car any other way, or become an official resident, you are expected to register your vehicle as soon as possible. For a list of all RMV offices and their phone numbers make sure to visit www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/main/BranchInfo/Map.aspx.
Visit car-registration.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining a new Massachusetts car registration.
Renewing Your Massachusetts Vehicle Registration
Renewing your tag is an easy process in Massachusetts, as you are given option of renewing in person, online, by phone or via mail.
Massachusetts allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. In order to register online, visit www.secure.rmv.state.ma.us/RegRenew/intro.aspx and follow the instructions given. You will receive an email within three days stating if the process was successful.
To renew your Massachusetts vehicle registration in person, visit www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/main/BranchInfo/Map.aspx for a list of RMV offices in the state of Massachusetts. You will also be required to present payment for the required fees, your license plate number and proof of insurance.
You are only eligible to renew your tag by mail if you do not have any unpaid tickets or outstanding obligations with the RMV. To renew by mail:
- Complete the RMV-2 or RMV-3 form
- Have your agent sign and stamp it
- Complete an emissions statement (if applicable)
- Enclose a check or money order for the required fees
- Mail the entire packet to the address given on the application
Finally, if you wish to register by phone, you must have already completed an emission inspection (if applicable), have a renewal card that states “Insurance Stamp Not Needed Active Policy on File”, and have a credit card to pay required fees. Once you’ve completed all the prerequisites, call the RMV hotline.
Check www.mass.gov/rmv/info/phone.htm to see hich number you should call. Offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Replacing Your Massachusetts Car Registration
Lost your Massachusetts car registration? You can apply for a duplicate (for a fee of $25) in person at any RMV office, online or by phone.
To replace your registration online, you will need to visit www.secure.rmv.state.ma.us/DupReg/Intro.aspx. Make sure to have available your drivers license number, license plate number, type of tag and credit card number before you begin.
If you would rather renew your Massachusetts car registration by phone, call the Massachusetts RMV Telephone Center (list of numbers available at http://www.mass.gov/rmv/info/phone.htm) and be prepared to provide the same information required for the online process.
If you do not have access to a computer or phone, you can head into your local RMV office to apply for a duplicate Massachusetts vehicle registration certificate. You will be asked to provide your driver’s license number, license plate number, type of tag and cash, check, or money order to pay the $25 fee. For a list of RMV offices, visit www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/main/BranchInfo/Map.aspx.
Changing Your Address
In Massachusetts, changing the address on your vehicle’s registration can be done either online, in person or by mail.